I just installed go to /usr/local/go, and in ~/.bashrc added this line:

export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/go/bin

Now go works from the command line, but sudo go gives me:

$ sudo go
sudo: go: command not found
$ sudo echo $PATH
  • Can you post the output of sudo echo $PATH – Manish Sinha Apr 2 '12 at 17:36

sudo command has env_keep and env_reset parameters in sudoers file.

You have to either edit your env_keep setting or use sudo -E.

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  • On my Debian-9 system sudo -E does not keep the $PATH variable. – Ark-kun Aug 29 '18 at 3:32

Edit the file /etc/sudoers. Add the desired paths to the following line:

Defaults secure_path = /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin


Defaults secure_path = /sbin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin

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Check if you've security policy setup for your PATH by the following command:

$ sudo sudo -V | grep PATH
Value to override user's $PATH with: /usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin

If so, either disable it or add it there by sudo visudo.

See: Why are PATH variables different when running via sudo and su? at Unix SE

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